Activist groups on Tuesday organized a car caravan that drove past Biden’s campaign headquarters and through downtown Wilmington, Del., in an effort to push the president-elect to take action on comprehensive immigration reform during his first 100 days in office.
Participants came from seven states and the District of Columbia, organizers said. They included groups such as Make the Road Action, CASA in Action, DelACA, the Center for Popular Democracy Action and FIRM Action.
“The role of the immigrant, Puerto Rican, and Black community in electing Biden-Harris is undeniable,” Gustavo Torres, president of CASA in Action, said in a statement. “Now, we forge ahead to claim what we have fought for and work closely with the new administration for a package benefiting communities of color, one that recognizes the hard work accomplished even during the worst of the Trump administration.”
The groups are pressing Biden to reverse “hundreds” of Trump’s immigration policies, issue a moratorium on deportations and advance a path to citizenship for undocumented people, as well as overhaul the criminal justice system and cancel Puerto Rico’s debt.
Biden responded to the groups in a letter in which he thanked the activists for their work and told them, “I welcome your advice and I am ready to partner with you in the weeks, months and years ahead.”
Latinos are a broad group that encompasses a lot of political and ethnic diversity. While Biden won Latino voters in November by a roughly 2-to-1 margin nationwide, similar to Hillary Clinton’s margin in 2016, exit polling shows Trump made gains among Latinos in two key states — Florida and Texas — where they make up a large share of voters.
Chris Alcantara contributed to this report.